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Last Updated: Monday, 28 August 2006, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Belfast journalist in bomb drama
Dermot Wynne
BBC journalist Dermot Wynne is in Marmaris
A Belfast-based BBC journalist has been telling of the bomb blasts which injured 21 people in the Turkish holiday resort of Marmaris.

Ten Britons are among the people injured when the main explosion went off in a mini-bus taxi shortly before midnight on Sunday.

Dermot Wynne and his wife returned to their hotel minutes before one bomb exploded in the town's Main Street.

He said tourists had been advised to stay in their hotels for the present.

The largest explosion went off on a "dolmus" local minibus as it travelled through the centre of Marmaris close to midnight.

Mr Wynne said the minibuses targeted by the bombers were a popular form of transport for holidaymakers in the resort.

"My wife and I were on one last night at around 11 o'clock. We were not that far away from where the bomb went off," he said.

We were not that far away from where the bomb went off
Dermot Wynne

"We got back to the hotel at about half-past eleven and we were told this morning that a bomb went off in Main Street at about five to twelve, so we were pretty lucky."

He said there no visible signs of the bombs on Monday but there were a lot of extra police on the streets.

"The holiday reps have been advising us to stay in our hotels until the situation settles," he said.

Holiday-maker Melanie Boyd, from Moira in County Down, said she was in an area of the town popular for its nightlife when the bomb went off.

"We were stuck in a traffic jam and the taxi driver explained to me that a bomb had gone off," she said.

"There was a lot of hustle and bustle, a lot of panic, everyone was running around.

"I was quite panicky myself. I was not sure what was really going on. It was quite scary."

Turkish police forensic officers examine the blast site
The blasts took place in a busy tourist area

The injured Britons are in hospital, with four in a serious condition. None has life-threatening injuries. Eleven Turks were also injured.

Turkish police in Marmaris said only one device apparently detonated properly, on the minibus which was travelling down a busy main street.

The other two devices reportedly went off in rubbish bins, but no-one is said to have been injured from these explosions.

Kurdish separatists, Islamic militants and leftist extremists have all carried out attacks in Turkey in the past.


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